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FBI Rescues 52 kids from Prostitution and Arrests 60 Pimps

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By Caitlin Osborne
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The FBI announced Monday that it had rescued 52 children involved in underage prostitution over the past three days and arrested nearly 700 people including 60 pimps.

Dubbed “Operation Cross Country IV”, the FBI said it teamed up with local and state police law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to save the children.

“It is repugnant that children in these times could be subjected to the great pain, suffering and indignity of being forced into sexual slavery for someone else’s profit,” Assist. Atty. Gen. Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division said in a statement.

The operation, part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, targeted truck stops, casinos, websites and “street tracks” in 36 cities around the country. Street tracks are locations where the children are merchandised and offered to customers.

The Lost National Initiative was formed in 2003 by the FBI, NCMEC and Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenities Section.

Since then, nearly 900 kids have been rescued, and more than 500 pimps have been prosecuted, according to Ernie Allen, President and CEO of NCMEC.

“We are honored to be the FBI’s partner in this effort,” he added. “I truly believe that what they are doing is historic.”

Allen said this marks the first time in American history that federal leadership has taken on such a predominant role in ending child prostitution.

NCMEC estimates that over 100,000 children in the U.S. are victims of sexual trafficking.

FBI Agent Mike Kortan is new Chief FBI Spokesman- Replacing John Miller

Michael Kortan (left) talking to ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh in 2008/fbi photo
Michael Kortan (left) talking to ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh in 2008/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Agent Michael P. Kortan, the number two person in the FBI office of public affairs at headquarters, is replacing John Miller as the chief FBI press spokesman.

Miller announced his resignation in August and recently left to become assistant deputy director of intelligence analysis for the Office of Director of National Intelligence.

Kortan, a veteran of the press office, who last held the title of Deputy Director of Public Affairs, now assumes the title of Assistant Director for the Office of Public Affairs.

Inspector Gen. Report Says FBI Still Not Reviewing All Material in Counterterrorism Case

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The FBI is still not reviewing millions of electronic files and thousands of hours of wiretapped conversations collected in counterterrorism cases, and needs to hire more translators, according to a report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General released Monday.

The report by Inspector General Glenn Fine, also noted that the “FBI cannot accurately determine the amount of foreign language material it collects and reviews because it lacks a consolidated collection and statistical reporting system.”

The report concluded that “not reviewing such material increases the risk that the FBI will not detect information in its possession that may be important to its counterterrorism and counterintelligence efforts.”

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Accused Spy For Israel Had Been Busted for Overbilling NASA

No question Stewart D. Nozette was a smart scientist. But a smart criminal? He pleaded guilty in January to overbilling NASA. You’d think once you’re on the government’s radar you’d avoid — or least be careful — about doing foolish things. You’d think.

Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Stewart D. Nozette, the Chevy Chase scientist accused last week of attempted espionage, pleaded guilty in January to overbilling NASA and the Defense Department more than $265,000 for contracting work, according to court records unsealed Friday.

Nozette, 52, was arrested last week by federal authorities and accused of selling sensitive government secrets for $11,000 to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence operative. He faces a sentence of up to life in prison if convicted of attempted espionage.

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FBI, IRS Try to Tackle $60 Billion a Year Healthcare Fraud

Weekend Series on History of Crime: FBI Agent Penetrated NY Gambino Crime Family and Almost Became Made Man

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBxsJwLyL10

*Story First Aired in 2008 on 60 Minutes

Ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh Gets Italian Citizenship

Louis J. Freeh at embassy ceremony/embassy photo

Louis J. Freeh at embassy ceremony/embassy photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Ex-FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, the tough American G-Man ,  is going Italian —  all the way.

In a ceremony at the Italian Embassy in Washington, Freeh was given Italian citizenship, according to the embassy website.

Freeh, who headed the FBI for eight years, “acquired his Italian citizenship in an official ceremony in which he swore allegiance to the Constitution before Italy’s Ambassador to the USA Giulio Terzi”, the website said.

Terzi cited Freeh’s fight against organized crime and “open cooperation with Italy’s major law enforcement agencies.”  Italy allows dual citizenship.

The site said Freeh’s “Italian ancestry traces back to his maternal grandfather who came to the United States in 1870 from the province of Avellino.”

Inspector Gen. Report Says FBI and ATF Sometimes Race to Be First to Explosive Scene

The Inspector General report simply confirms what’s already been reported and spoken of between agencies. In D.C., there  clearly have been turf battles between ATF and the FBI. One of those incidents occurred in 2003 when a North Carolina man with tractor threatened to set off explosives on the Mall in Washington. And that wasn’t the only one here.  It may build agency pride, but it’s bad for the public.

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By Terry Frieden
CNN Justice Producer
WASHINGTON – The inter-agency feuding between agents of the FBI and the ATF over handling of explosives investigations is so serious they sometimes race to be first on the scene of an explosives incident, a new report says.

The report – issued Friday by the Justice Department’s inspector general – found a major duplication of effort and strong disagreement about who has jurisdiction in investigations.

Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are agencies within the the Justice Department, and the department was sharply criticized by its inspector general, Glenn Fine, for failing to resolve the dispute.

“Our audit found, for example, that the FBI and ATF sometimes race to be the first federal agency on the scene of an explosives incident,” the report said. “Disputes have occurred when one agency arrives first and other agency believes the incident falls within its lead agency authority.”

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